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Security roundup for week ending Nov. 11

Is there justice in cyberspace? The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) last week offered hope there is, <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/news/2011/110911-doj-charges-seven-in-massive-252945.html">charging seven individuals</a> with 27 counts of wire fraud and other computer-related crimes in connection with a massive "clickfraud" scheme that was based in Estonia.

Ellen Messmer | 12 Nov | Read more

CI pinpoints 200 millionth piece of cloud-based malware

The good news is that Collective Intelligence (CI), the engine for Internet security created in 2006 by <a href="http://blogs.csoonline.com/1581/one_of_the_worst_quarters_ever_for_security">Panda Security's malware research laboratory</a>, recently processed its 200 millionth malware file via the cloud. That's also the bad news.

Taylor Armerding | 12 Nov | Read more

Cycling star Landis sentenced for alleged Trojan attack

Former US cycling star Floyd Landis has been handed a suspended 12-month prison sentence by a French court for his part in <a href="http://news.techworld.com/security/3313227/trojan-hack-lands-cycle-star-floyd-landis-with-suspended-sentence/">an alleged plot to steal documents</a> from the country's national anti-doping laboratory (LNDD) using Trojan malware.

John E Dunn | 12 Nov | Read more

How to lock down your wireless network

If you operate a wireless network for your home or business, it's important to ward it against opportunistic hackers seeking to steal your data or hijack your Wi-Fi for their own nefarious purposes. We spoke to Steven Andrés, CTO of security consulting firm Special Ops Security, to learn about the best ways to lock down your Wi-Fi. To get started, you'll need to log in to your router's administrative console by typing the router's IP address into your Web browser's address bar. Most routers use a common address like 192.168.1.1, though alternatives like 192.168.0.1 and 192.168.2.1 are also common. Check the manual that came with your router to determine the correct IP address; if you've lost your manual, you can usually find the appropriate IP address on the manufacturer's website.

Alex Wawro | 12 Nov | Read more

AISA National Conference: In pictures

- Amazon, Apple and Google know more about you than your doctor or lawyer - and Commbank is jealous as hell. - Don’t trust an organisation that doesn’t have a face - because then you can’t punch it in when they screw up, said Marcus Ranum. - 78 percent of the world’s population doesn’t have access to a computer or the internet and therefore avoid all IT security problems.

Zennith Geisler | 11 Nov | Read more

Assessing the APT threat

Do <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> vendors secretly create the attacks their tools are designed to ward off? Of course not, but that old chestnut hints at a broader suspicion about whether the current state of security is really as bad as the security firms make it out to be, especially when it comes to the latest poster child: advanced persistent threats.

John Dix | 07 Nov | Read more

Wi-Fi security do's and don'ts

Wi-Fi is inherently susceptible to hacking and eavesdropping, but it can be secure if you use the right <a href="http://www.networkworld.com/topics/security.html">security</a> measures. Unfortunately, the Web is full of outdated advice and myths. But here are some do's and don'ts of Wi-Fi security, addressing some of these myths.

Eric Geier | 07 Nov | Read more

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